August Newsletter

I hope you are all keeping safe and well, those who have been self isolating will now be able to get out and about, though all take care as the virus is still out there.

Walking Group – From Wed 12th August the walking group is going to be held on a Wednesday. Tuesday 4th will take place as normal, for this walk, we are meeting at Pickering Pasture car park at 11am.   The meeting place and walk will be advertised each week on our Whats App page and also I will send out an e-mail advising were the walk will take place for that particular week.   All are welcome on our walks, we keep our distance from each other and the pace is leisurely.

Future meetings

I am hoping, all being well, we can re-start back to our meetings end September, obviously things will be different for a while or until we get the vaccine, there would be no lunch or teas & coffees provided and no tables set out. But you could bring your own refreshments.

I will keep you posted on the above as depends on government saying groups can meet and also when Mencap hall will be opening for groups to attend, I will let you know about our meetings re-starting in the September newsletter.

Social Events:

Any monies paid for social events will be refunded, though I do have a new social event to add:

Wed 14th December, 7pm – Dunham Massey Christmas event – This is an outside event and there will be no transport provided, you will go in your own car, Cost is £5 per person for HALDS members and £18 for non members.  Please let me know if you would like to attend, how many cars you will have, car registration and also please let me know if you are a National Trust Member and also your membership number.   National Trust members get free parking, but non members parking is £7 per car, which HALDS will pay for as there is no coach.  I have to book your car park space when confirming numbers attending.    This is a 90 minutes walking event so wrap up warm for a mix of winter traditions and seasonal spectacles.  Take a festive walk around the Winter Garden, explore Percy the Park Keepers woodland cabin an warm yourself up with hot chocolate in the Stamford Café.

Community Gardening Group

Hopefully on 24th September a new gardening group will commence at Brookvale Community Centre 11am – 1pm,  this will entail setting up an allotment in the garden behind the centre, workshops, seed sowing and many more gardening jobs. If you would like more information about this group, there is an information meeting on Thursday 6th August at 1pm at the Brookvale Community Centre, there are chairs at the centre, but if possible please bring your own chair, the meeting will be held outside.   I will be hosting the new gardening group.  

 Carers Information

Hearing Aid Batteries – if you are running low on batteries for hearing aids you can telephone Warrington Hospital on 01925 662420 and they will send some out in the post for you. Also if you need your hearing aid tubes changed, Halton Hospitals ear clinic is not open yet, but you can make an appointment and pop along to Warrington Hospital ear clinic to get them changed, but you need an appointment to attend.  Also batteries can be picked up in the foyer of Highfield clinic, Highfield Road, Widnes.

Face Masks – With the new rules regarding wearing face masks, if you person you care for is exempt from wearing a mask please take a look at the website www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask  for more information on the exempt cards available.

TV Licences – If you or a member of your household is registered blind or vision impaired you can apply for 50% off your TV Licence. A form can be downloaded to apply

Pension Refund for Woman hitting 67 before 6.4.2016 – This was on Martin Lewis money show a few weeks back and its for married woman who were 67 before 6.4.2016, a lot of woman were paid the incorrect pension, you can go onto  the web site Lane, Clark & Peacock and fill in your details and you could be owed thousands. THIS IS NOT A SCAM, a lot of woman have had big pay outs.  I have missed it by 1 month!!!!!!

I hope you all find the above information helpful, if you have information to be shared please pass onto myself to enable me to let HALDS members know what is there for them.

TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE

July Newsletter

I hope you are all still keeping safe and well at this difficult time, it’s getting harder I know but hopefully we can see the light at the end of  tunnel – though still a long tunnel!!!!   Keep the jokes coming in on our Whats App page

We have started up our walking group, which is going well, we have had 2 walks round Spike Island and this Tuesday 7th July we are meeting at the car park by the Ice Rink in Widnes for a walk round Pickering Pasture, the walks are very leisurely and usually last about 1 hour.  We can walk at a distance between us and chat.  It’s good to get out and meet people and members attending are enjoying the walks .

We meet weekly on a Tuesday at 11am if anyone would like to join us.

Funding

I am sorry to say, but we were not successful for our funding bid from Awards for All  funding for people affected by the virus, they were unable to fund our projects, as it was over 12 month period and also is not in keeping with current government guidelines.  It also did not address the current priorities.  Next year when everything is back to normal!!!! I will apply to the normal Awards for All for funding.

Future meetings

I am hoping, all being well, we can re-start back to our meetings end September,  obviously things will be different for a while or until we get the vaccine,  there would be no lunch or teas & coffees provided and no tables set out. But you could bring your own refreshments. What I was proposing was if members could let me know that they would be coming and I will set out chairs with your names on, so for example, if there is 3 in your family, i.e. Fran, Eileen and Rachael, there would be 3 chairs for you or 2 i.e. Alan & Richard 2 chairs.  Chairs would be spaced out as per covid regulations.  Our first meeting back will be a social and catch up.

I will keep you posted  on the above as depends on government saying groups can meet and also when Mencap hall  will be opening for groups to attend

Social Events:

Eurodisney – I have a refund credit note forEurodisney which has to be used by 31st March 2021, if not used, we will get a full refund.  BUT we don’t have to go by 31st March we can go anytime, even the following year, its as long as its booked by 31st March 2021, we will discuss early 2021 and get members thoughts on what you would like to do about the trip.

Phantom of the Opera – Palace Theatre, Manchester – This has been put backuntil 2021, they are holding onto our money until we know any future dates of the performance

Mam I’m ere, Royal Court, Liverpool – Thurs 6th August – I received am e-mail and they hope to put on the show sometime next year

We Will Rock You – Thus 10th Sept – Brindley Theatre £10 for HALDS members and £17 for non HALDS – This has been put back until March 2021

Marlborough Hotel- Llandudno Turkey & Tinsel – Friday 18th December, 3 nights £130 per person – I don’t know what will be happening about this weekend away, it depends on how and when hotels start re-opening and how safe we all feel about going, and then there is the coach, how would be distance our selves on the coach.  We will wait until the hotels start re-opening before making a decision.     

Carers Information

Widnes Walk In is now appointments ONLY system and opening hours are 8am – 8pm. Not sure about Runcorn Urgent Care

Hearing Aid Batteries – if you are running low on batteries for hearing aids you can telephone Warrington Hospital on 01925 662420 and they will send some out in the post for you

From April 1st hospital parking is free for blue badge holders

PA Payments – If you normally employ a regular PA for your cared for, I have it in writing that we can continue paying our Pas and agencies their normal hours.  As long as it’s within your budget.  It is to enable you to keep your staff. I asked if they could be furloughed but the reply was it doesn’t apply to PAs because the funding used to pay them is public funds so we must continue to pay them which is good as it means they are protected.

NHS prescription form – a new version of a form has been published that will allow disabled people claiming Universal Credit to show their pharmacist if they are entitled to free prescriptions

Halton Libraries Home Delivery Library Service, this normally operates for people who are normally housebound or people with mobility problems, but they are currently taking people on a temporary basis if over 70, or any age if shielding and unable to get out and about at present. If you would like to know more about this service please contact e-mail tin.taylor@halton.gov.uk or telephone 0151 511 8291

Mobility Insurance refund – If you have a mobility car, insurance refunds of £50 are being sent out, as not many people are using their cars at the moment 

Active Halton – Staying Active at home during Covid-19 – Halton Borough council have issued information on line with links to Keeping Active at Home,  chair based excercises, family games, 10 minute workouts, Arthritis Action and many more links, 

Look under Active Halton and you will find the link to Staying Active at Home during Covid-19 

Halton Carers Centre News

The staff at Halton Carers Centre are now back in the office, BUT the office is not open to the public, the staff are split into 2 groups and each group works half a week in the office and the other half at home, so if you need to speak to anyone, need any advice or information or would like to participate in any of the groups below please don’t hesitate to give them a call  on 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

They are holding fortnightly coffee mornings, Autism training sessions, Activities for Young carers,  Dementia coffee groups and Recharge & Restore Relaxation Groups all via zoom.

You can still apply for Carer Break FundingDue to COVID19 Carers Break Funding can, for now, be used for the following purchases of equipment for your own use which will enable you to have a break i.e: • Purchase of paint, wallpaper and necessary equipment to decorate your home • To purchase plants, pots, garden furniture and garden equipment ie jet washer & tools for your garden • For home gym equipment like weights, treadmill, rowing machine etc • Towards the cost of a Smart TV • Purchase of TV package i.e. Now TV, SKY Cinema, SKY Sports, Netflix, Amazon fire stick etc. 

The above list will be reviewed and amended when necessary.

If you wish to apply for Carer Break Funding and you have applied in the past, a ll Receipts must be returned from your previous award before another application will be considered  

If you have any queries/wish to discuss further or apply for Carer Break funding please contact the centre on 01928 580 182 or email help@haltoncarers.co.uk

I hope you all find the above information helpful, if you have information to be shared please pass onto myself to enable me to let HALDS members know what is there for them.

On a nice note, Fiona from Hugh Jones, has gone onto maternity leave and her baby is due on 24th June, she is going to let me know when she has had the baby.  In the meantime if you need to contact Hugh Jones solicitors for any reason I have another point of contact until Fiona comes back to work.

TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE

June Newsletter

I hope you are all keeping safe and well at this difficult time for us all.  Try to keep positive and hopefully it won’t be too long before we can all start going out and about again and meeting friends and family.  Look at this time at home to chill, do gardening, time to have a spring clean and a good sort out.

Funding

We received a cheque for £250 from Masonic Lodge, HALDS had been put forward in January by a friend of Lizs.  I have also applied for funding of £9k from Awards for All but its for people affected by the virus, not the normal Awards for All funding,  if we are successful we have to use the funding within 6 months.   I put down for a weekend away at The Marlborough Hotel, Llandudno.

Future meetings

I don’t know when our meetings will resume, I can imagine it will be a long time before a group as large as ours can meet in one room. 

In the meantime, I thought if small groups wanted to meet outside, maybe go for a walk in the park, either on our own or meet up with our cared fors, to allow them to meet with friends and walk round the park, keeping distance obviously.  Or even invite friends to your back garden and distance your chairs, its all ways of keeping in contact now that we can have small groups together.

 I thought about starting up our walking group again, the first walk will be at Spike Island on Tuesday 16th June at 11am, meet in the car park.  We can distance whilst walking round and talking. We can then discuss whether you want to meet weekly to enable us to get out and about.

Social Events:

Eurodisney – Eurodisney will be next year, no date has been set as we will wait until we all agree when we feel safe to travel, I will update other members when the date has been decided in case you would like to join us. 

Phantom of the Opera – Palace Theatre, Manchester – This has been put backuntil 2021, they are holding onto our money until we know any future dates of the performance

Mam I’m ere, Royal Court, Liverpool – Thurs 6th August – I received am e-mail and they hope to put on the show sometime next year

We Will Rock You – Thus 10th Sept – Brindley Theatre £10 for HALDS members and £17 for non HALDS – This has been put back until March 2021

Marlborough Hotel- Llandudno Turkey & Tinsel – Friday 18th December, 3 nights £130 per person – I don’t know what will be happening about this weekend away, it depends on how and when hotels start re-opening and how safe we all feel about going, and then there is the coach, how would be distance our selves on the coach.  We will wait until the hotels start re-opening before making a decision.     

Carers Information

Widnes Walk In is now appointments ONLY system and opening hours are 8am – 8pm. Not sure about Runcorn Urgent Care

Hearing Aid Batteries – if you are running low on batteries for hearing aids you can telephone Warrington Hospital on 01925 662420 and they will send some out in the post for you

From April 1st hospital parking is free for blue badge holders

PA Payments – If you normally employ a regular PA for your cared for, I have it in writing that we can continue paying our Pas and agencies their normal hours.  As long as it’s within your budget.  It is to enable you to keep your staff. I asked if they could be furloughed but the reply was it doesn’t apply to PAs because the funding used to pay them is public funds so we must continue to pay them which is good as it means they are protected.

NHS prescription form – a new version of a form has been published that will allow disabled people claiming Universal Credit to show their pharmacist if they are entitled to free prescriptions

Halton Libraries Home Delivery Library Service, this normally operates for people who are normally housebound or people with mobility problems, but they are currently taking people on a temporary basis if over 70, or any age if shielding and unable to get out and about at present. If you would like to know more about this service please contact e-mail tin.taylor@halton.gov.uk or telephone 0151 511 8291

Mobility Insurance refund – If you have a mobility car, insurance refunds of £50 are being sent out, as not many people are using their cars at the moment 

Active Halton – Staying Active at home during Covid-19 – Halton Borough council have issued information on line with links to Keeping Active at Home,  chair based excercises, family games, 10 minute workouts, Arthritis Action and many more links, 

Look under Active Halton and you will find the link to Staying Active at Home during Covid-19 

Halton Carers Centre News

The staff at Halton Carers Centre are still working from home, if you need to speak to anyone, need any advice or information or would like to participate in any of the grops below please don’t hesitate to give them a call  telephone 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

They have someone making face masks, scrubs and scrub bags and these are being issued to Health centres across Halton.

They are still holding Autism trainng sessions, Activities for Young carers,  Dementia coffee groups and Recharge & Restore Relaxation Groups

If you need a letter for when out and about, the cares centre are issuing letters to registered carers in case you are stopped whilst out shopping or collecting medication/prescriptions.  To get a letter please telephone 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

They are also holding fortnightly coffee groups via zoom the next one is Wednesday 24th June at 11am, if you would like to participate, please let me know and I will forward the meeting number and password to you.

You can still apply for Carer Break FundingDue to COVID19 Carers Break Funding can, for now, be used for the following purchases of equipment for your own use which will enable you to have a break i.e: • Purchase of paint, wallpaper and necessary equipment to decorate your home • To purchase plants, pots, garden furniture and garden equipment ie jet washer & tools for your garden • For home gym equipment like weights, treadmill, rowing machine etc • Towards the cost of a Smart TV • Purchase of TV package i.e. Now TV, SKY Cinema, SKY Sports, Netflix, Amazon fire stick etc. 

The above list will be reviewed and amended when necessary.

Examples of Breaks currently on hold due to COVID19 include: • Holiday (including any already booked or taken) • Day trips or short breaks • Driving lessons • Access to services to enhance your caring role • Leisure activities such as gym membership • Accessing relaxation therapy, pamper or hairdressing treatments • Theatre or sports tickets • Labour costs associated with household activities such as gardening, cleaning or decorating. • Food and drink during the break (including alcohol)

Note: If you still wish to apply for funding for the above activities you are still able to, however funding won’t be released until such a time when the Government relaxes its stance on isolation and social distancing or you can provide proof that such organisations/activities are taking bookings. i.e. driving instructor, theatre, holiday companies, gyms etc. 

If you wish to apply for Carer Break Funding and you have applied in the past, a ll Receipts must be returned from your previous award before another application will be considered  

If you have any queries/wish to discuss further or apply for Carer Break funding please contact the centre on 01928 580 182 or email help@haltoncarers.co.uk

PPE scams – Please beware of scams going round at present via telephone calls and also leaflets through doors, offering PPE equipment for sale.

I hope you all find the above information helpful, if you have information to be shared please pass onto myself to enable me to let HALDS members know what is there for them.

On a nice note, Fiona from Hugh Jones, has gone onto maternity leave and her baby is due on 24th June, she is going to let me know when she has had the baby.  In the meantime if you need to contact Hugh Jones solicitors for any reason I have another point of contact until Fiona comes back to work.

May Newsletter

I hope you are all keeping safe and well at this difficult time for us all. Try to keep positive and hopefully it won’t be too long before we can all start going out and about again and meeting friends and family. Look at this time at home to chill, do gardening, time to have a spring clean and a good sort out.

Funding

We have received £1,580 from Halton Borough Council for our monthly meetings and also £1,000 from Knights House Fund, I also applied for £3k from Masonic and I have received an e-mail asking for more information, which sounds promising. I am also going to make an application for Awards for All funding for a break away, as I think we will all need a break when safe to venture outside.

Future meetings

The first meeting back we will have a general catch up and lunch, followed the following month with our AGM.

David Gray from Welfare Rights will be talking at one of our meetings, hopefully be the month after our AGM, he will give a general talk on Welfare Rights then it will be open questions for you to ask, afterwards he will talk to members privately if required and also will arrange appointments at his office if you so require a lengthy meeting with him. We may turn meeting around and go through the agenda whilst having lunch, then it saves rushing David.

Social Events:

Eurodisney – Eurodisney will be next year, no date has been set as we will wait until we all agree when we feel safe to travel, I will update other members when the date has been decided in case you would like to join us. 

Phantom of the Opera – Palace Theatre, Manchester – I have been in contact with ATG and they are looking at putting on Phantom at a later date, so they are holding onto our money until we know any future dates of the performance

Blackpool and Hot Ice Show – CANCELLED 

Mam I’m ere, Royal Court, Liverpool – Thurs 6th August -CANCELLED 

We Will Rock You – Thus 10th Sept – Brindley Theatre £10 for HALDS members and £17 for non HALDS – TBC

Marlborough Hotel- Llandudno Turkey & Tinsel – Friday 18th December, 3 nights £130 per person – Please let me know if interested, coach will be extra – This weekend away depends on the distancing rules and whether members feel comfortable going away in a group, we will decide at a later date.

Zoom meetings – I was going to try and have meetings/quizzes via zoom but due to the concerns of its safety have hesitated to do so. I may though have a quiz via whats app. I will send out a message on our whats app page with details. If you are not on our Whats App page and would like to be added, please let me know. 

Carers Information

Widnes Walk In is now appointments ONLY system and opening hours are 8am – 8pm. Not sure about Runcorn Urgent Care 

Hearing Aid Batteries – if you are running low on batteries for hearing aids you can telephone Warrington Hospital on 01925 662420 and they will send some out in the post for you 

From April 1st hospital parking is free for blue badge holders

PA Payments – If you normally employ a regular PA for your cared for, I have it in writing that we can continue paying our Pas and agencies their normal hours. As long as it’s within your budget. It is to enable you to keep your staff. I asked if they could be furloughed but the reply was it doesn’t apply to PAs because the funding used to pay them is public funds so we must continue to pay them which is good as it means they are protected.

Halton Carers Centre are issuing letters to registered carers in case you are stopped whilst out shopping or collecting medication/prescriptions. To get a letter please telephone 01928 580182 or e-mail help@haltoncarers.co.uk

Carer Break FundingDue to COVID19 Carers Break Funding can, for now, be used for the following purchases of equipment for your own use which will enable you to have a break i.e: • Purchase of paint, wallpaper and necessary equipment to decorate your home • To purchase plants, pots, garden furniture and garden equipment ie jet washer & tools for your garden • For home gym equipment like weights, treadmill, rowing machine etc • Towards the cost of a Smart TV • Purchase of TV package i.e. Now TV, SKY Cinema, SKY Sports, Netflix, Amazon fire stick etc.

The above list will be reviewed and amended when necessary.

Examples of Breaks currently on hold due to COVID19 include: • Holiday (including any already booked or taken) • Day trips or short breaks • Driving lessons • Access to services to enhance your caring role • Leisure activities such as gym membership • Accessing relaxation therapy, pamper or hairdressing treatments • Theatre or sports tickets • Labour costs associated with household activities such as gardening, cleaning or decorating. • Food and drink during the break (including alcohol)

Note: If you still wish to apply for funding for the above activities you are still able to, however funding won’t be released until such a time when the Government relaxes its stance on isolation and social distancing or you can provide proof that such organisations/activities are taking bookings. i.e. driving instructor, theatre, holiday companies, gyms etc.

If you wish to apply for Carer Break Funding and you have applied in the past, a ll Receipts must be returned from your previous award before another application will be considered  

If you have any queries/wish to discuss further or apply for Carer Break funding please contact the centre on 01928 580 182 or email help@haltoncarers.co.uk

PPE scams – Please beware of scams going round at present via telephone calls and also leaflets through doors, offering PPE equipment for sale.

 

 

 

February Newsletter

This is the first newsletter for 2020 and I would like to thank you for being there for me & my family over the past 8 months on our roller coaster of a ride, it was greatly appreciated and hope you all appreciate that at present I am still not up to organising HALDS 100 %. HALDS will keep going with help from Kerrie Ross who is going to be organising social events. At the AGM in April, we will adding more posts, these being Social Secretary and a Fund Raising group. More about this in March meeting.

We didn’t have a speaker for January meeting but I gave an overview of Lasting Power of Attorneys, DID forms etc. Please let me know if you would like any forms which we talked about or any information or if you would like to take the black folder holding all the information home to read through, just let me know.

Since the meeting I have found out that Halton Disability also will apply on line for blue badges, you need to make an appointment and take relevant information and they will complete the application for you.

I am hoping to get someone from Welfare Rights to come along to our February meeting and Michaela from Halton Carers Centre is coming along to our March meeting on Monday 30th to update us all with the carers centre.

At the meeting we held a belated raffle and with the raffle and football card we raised £114 towards our funds, Brenda was selling jewellery for HALDS and took £32 and Kerrie & Vera also sold homemade cheese pie and cakes and made £30.50 for Georgias trip to Kenya. Thank you for your contributions

Funding

Last year Kerrie & Vera held weekly bingo sessions, half of proceeds of which came to HALDS £627 also they held 2 tombolas in Runcorn Shopping City square before Christmas were a further £ 350 was raised. Many thanks to you both for all your hard work raising funds for the group

Sharon is also competing in a run at Hale Park on Sunday 12th April, all proceeds to HALDS, I have sponsor forms at our meetings, please sponsor generously

I have also applied for £1,000 from Knight Trust for carer breaks during 2020.

We held a committee meeting on Monday 13th January, were it was discussed a 3rd signatory urgently required on our bank account,   Pat Wright volunteered and was proposed and seconded to be the 3rd signatory on our bank

Bowling – The next bowling at Widnes Supabowl is Mon 10th February, meet 10.20am for 10.30am start, cost is £6 for all members, which includes 2 games bowling, cuppa and bacon butty, HALDS will pay for unders 50s extra for refreshments.

Social Events:

At present there are only 2 social events which I planned outstanding, which I am still going to organise, details as follows:

Eurodisney – 14th March – I am letting members attending know directly the details for this trip 

Phantom of the Opera – Palace Theatre, Manchester Wed 8th April 2020, Cost £10, this is now booked.   Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town 5.15 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 5.30pm

New Social Events

Kerrie has organised new social events, if you would like to attend, please let me know and I will ask Kerrie to put your names down, these are as follows:

Thurs 4th June – Quarry Bank Mill, this will include tour of Quarry Bank Mill, village and lunch, Cost £10, (for National Trust members cost will be confirmed, once we know the luncheon costs) – To be paid by end April

Sat 18th July, full day in Blackpool at your leisure, followed by Hot Ice show in the evening – Cost £10 – to be paid by end May

Thurs 11th September – We Will Rock You at Brindley Theatre – Cost £10 – to be paid by end July

We are also looking at attending Dunham Massey at Christmas

Social Events now have to be paid for 2 months prior to event, NO chasing will be done – DON’T PAY, NO PLACE, SIMPLY AS –  

Our constitution has been amended, for people who are on e-mails, I have e-mailed them out and asked for reply to say you have received and will adhere to the amendments in section 3. I also have hard copies, if you would like a copy, please read, then sign the sheet which I have at the meetings to say you adhere to the amendments. Failure to not sign to agree to changes, will be automatic membership closure.

Brenda is holding a coffee morning on Monday 3rd February at 10am at 46 Wicksten Drive, all proceeds for HALDS funds. All welcome

Also I am holding a coffee morning on 20th February at 10.30am at my house, 62 Betchworth Crescent, towards Georgias Kenya fund, we have managed to raise over £3,000 so far and are down to £900 to raise before 1st May. I am also holding an Easter bingo on Saturday 4th April, doors open 6.30 for eyes down 7pm, this was Lizs wish, which I am carrying out on her behalf.

August Newsletter

The speakers at Julys meeting where Gail & Colette from Inspire who introduced us to their Inspire Project.  The aims of the project is to delivery training and employment prospects to adults with learning difficulties. The venue would be Waterloo Road, Widnes You can self refer to the project by telephoning 0151 422 0111 or e-mail gatewayc2017@outlook.com.  More details can be found on the website www.gatewaycommunity.co.uk.  Your cared for can attend from half day to a full week, and can be funded by direct payments. Or via Personal Budget.  (We covered Personal Budgets many years ago, if you want, I can get Mal Hampson from Halton Speak Out to come again and talk to us about Personal Budgets).  They will cover Foundation skills i.e. Work skills,   Vocational skills i.e. Creative techniques, photograpy, art & design etc. and Life Skills i.e. cooking/home skills.  They are having an open day in September, date to be confirmed.

 

Funding – I have not applied for any funding for a few months, but will start my searching again for funding for the group

 

 Sponsored walk – Sharon & Danny are doing a sponsored walk for HALDS on Sat 7th September from Widnes to Frodsham, which is greatly appreciated, if you have not yet sponsored them, the sponsor forms will be at the September meeting

 

Don’t forget to keep filling up your slummy jars for HALDS, bring along your full jars and collect an empty one to refill. Up to know the jars have raised £143 for HALDS funds.

 

There will be no meeting in August and also no bowling, I apologise for those who attended the July bowling and it hadn’t been booked and was full of school children, I hadn’t even given it a thought to book, hence the reason why I took a back seat at the present, my mind was everywhere.  The bowling will re-commence on Monday 9th September and yes it is booked and our next meeting will be on Mon 30th September where our speaker will be Lorna Lucas from Cheshire Fire & Safety.

 

Sailing on The Danny – Monday 5th August – Steamship Experience followed by lunch at The Riverside, Action Bridge. Please wear warm clothing and suitable footwear.  Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 10.15 and Runcon Old Town bus station at 10.25am.  The Danny will set sail at 11am from Sutton Weaver and sail to Acton Bridge, arriving at 1.30pm, where your coach will meet you to take you all to the Riverside for lunch.  No meals have been pre-ordered.   Arrival back at Runcorn 4pmish

 

 

 

 

Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 – 3 nights £140 plus coach £15 per person.  This is a 3 night stay at the hotel which includes bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus entertainment on 3 evenings.  Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 1.15pm and Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 1.30pm.  For people who have not paid the coach, this can be paid on the day.  We had received £750 towards our Marlborough Hotel weekend, therefore as we are now no longer going to the Marlborough at xmas, the £750 will be refunded to HALDS members attending the Marlborough weekend on Friday 20th Sept.

 

Liverpool Empire – Mon 14th Oct – Les Mis, Cost £20 for HALDS members, Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 5.45, Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.  – Money to be paid by end Sept – All places taken

 

Chatsworth House – Mon 18th Nov £10 – Coach will be leaving Runcorn at 9am and you will be home 7.30pmish.  This will be a full day event, on arrival at Chatsworth House, you can visit the Christmas Market and gardens, have lunch etc, we are then booked on the house tour at 3pm.

 

Beauty & The Beast on Ice – Sunday 15th Dec –  I have re-introduced the ice show at Blackpool it will be the ice show only, no meal beforehand and only for 1 coach of 49 people, please put you name down if interested in attending. Money to be paid by end November

 

Once – Liverpool Empire, Thursday 23rd Jan – I have reserved 22 places, please let me know by end Sept if you would like to attend, as I have to confirm number of seats by Oct.  Once is a musical about a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician filled with live music and a love story`

 

Eurodisney – 14th March 2020. If you would like to add onto the trip at any time, please let me know, Full cost is £629 for a twin room, £722 for a single room.  Cost includes 1 night in Dover with evening meal & breakfast,  4 nights at Santa Fe with breakfast and 2 day park passes,  Balance due by end Sept

 

Phantom of the Opera – Liverpool Empire Wed 8th April 2020, Cost £10 please let me know if you are interested in coming along to this event.

 

Committee members, there is a committee meeting on Monday 9th Sept at 1.15 at Laburnum Grove, where we will discuss speakers and social events.

 

Halton SEND is a group for parents/carers of 16 – 25 year olds they are having a forum on Thursday 19th September 12 – 2pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Parish Club, Mayfield Ave, Widnes, WA8 8PR, it is an information update event for parents and carers on the restructuring of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and SEMH (Social Emotional and Mental Health) in schools and services in Halton.  The event is held in conjunction with Halton Borough Council & People too. This event is free of charge, light refreshments will be provided and a complimentary raffle.  To book a place please telephone Lynne Hall on 01928 713877 or e.mail lynne.haltoncarersforum@gmail.com

 

Sub groups – We are looking at starting up the sub groups again in September, starting with the walking group on Tues 10th Sept at 11.30am. Meet at the Spike Island car park

 

I am also having a coffee morning at my house, 62 Betchworth Crescent, Beechwood on 14th August at 10.30am, this is for my granddaughter Georgia who is raising funds for a volunteering trip to Kenya for 1 month in August 2020, with Camp International, she has to raise all her own funds to go. All welcome

 

Thank you from Liz & myself to the members who sponsored our Race for Life, we have raised over £2,300 just from Lizs gang with money still coming in.

 

Thank you for keeping HALDS ticking over whilst I have been absent, it is much appreciated, I would just like to wish you all a good summer break and see you all in September

 

 

April Newsletter

We did not have a speaker for this months meeting, as Beth & Pam from Healthy Halton were unable to attend, so instead we had a catch up from past speakers with the leaflets and information I had and also discussed the way forward for HALDS.  I have received positive feedback from this session, as members thought it was most beneficial the information received.

Funding

We have been granted HBC funding of £1,550 which is for our monthly meetings and also £800 from HBC Area Forum.  Unfortunately we were not successful with D’Orlys funding.  We have 1 more funding bid out at present with Rank who do not meet until May.  At present our funds are good, but with events booked so far this year this will soon be spent.  To give an idea on costs used for trips, the Coronation Street tour cost us £525 for tickets and £325 for coach totalling £850 less £250 collected from members who attended, so this cost £600.  So this gives you some indication of what is spent on trips.  So though funds are good at present, we do need to keep having fund raising events to keep funds topped up.

Friday 12th April, Easter Bingo – This is the last meeting before our Easter Bingo with Easter Bonnet Parade, disco and raffle. Tickets now on sale £1, door tickets will be a separate raffle, so please put your names on your entrance tickets.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Prizes will be Easter eggs/chocolates.  Please support this event, ask friends and family, it will be a good fun night.

Friday 19th July – HALDS Summer BBQ – Tickets £3, there will be a disco, rock ‘n’ roll bingo, HOY and bbq food for sale, doors open 5.30.  Tickets are slow moving on this event at present, so if you know you would will be coming along, please purchase your tickets.

There will also be an Easter Bingo with Kerrie & Vera on Tuesday 16th April at Halton Brook Community Centre, ticket sales start at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Some of the proceeds will come towards HALDS funds.  

Save your slummy for HALDS – I have plenty of jars to give out if you would like to take one home and  Save your slummy for HALDS.  As you bring in a full jar, you can take an empty one home with you.  So far we have collected over £120 from the jars.

AGM – Our meeting on Monday 29th April will be our AGM when our 2 year stints have come to an end, if you would like to be nominated for any of the posts of Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer or you would like to volunteer to make teas/coffees at the meetings, organise raffle prizes or take money at meetings, please let me know, or become a committee member, where you can decide on events and speakers for meetings, we meet every 3 months at 1pm on a Monday at Laburnum Grove.

HALDS Bowling sessions – The next HALDS bowling session will be on Monday 8th April, the cost is £6 per person for 2 games of bowls, tea/coffee and bacon butty.  Please meet no later than 10.20 to allow time to change shoes and for me to pay and organise the lanes etc.   We will have our bowling prize giving at the Summer BBQ. 

Tramway Village, Matlock – Sat 27th April – Cost £10 – Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9am and leaving for home from Matlock at 5pm. Your admission includes tea/coffee on arrival, finger buffet lunch at 1.30pm, unlimited electric tram rides, entry to exhibitions, three acres of woodland park – Money to be paid by end March

Royal Court Variety Lunch Club/Meal– Wed 8th May – Cost £10, which includes coach from Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 11.45, Widnes Stobart Stadium at 12noon, Variety show and pub meal at Yacht Club Bar on Liverpools Waterfront.  Getting back to Runcorn 6pm approx. Please let me know if interested in coming, as there are 2 tickets still available.  Money to be paid by end April 

Mon 3rd June – Quiz evening with HVA at St Maries, Widnes – We now have our team of 6, but if you would like to come along please let me know and we could possible get another team together 

Birmingham Sea Life Centre/Shopping Birmingham city centre – Sat 18th May – £15 for HALDS members, we will be leaving Runcorn 9am and Birmingham for home 6pm.  This event will include a visit to Birmingham Sea Life Centre including a behind the scenes tour, then a couple of hours in Birmingham city centre and time to eat.  For those who have never been the Sea Life Centre and city centre is on a canal, with plenty of eateries on the canalside. Money to be paid by end April.

Carers are free on production of proof of disability on the day at the Sea Life Centre, so please bring along your PIP letters. Otherwise you will have to pay on the day.  This is now all booked and paid for

Gardeners World Live   – Thursday 13th June – Cost £20 for HALDS members and £30 for non members.  This is a full very interesting day at Birmingham NEC, we will be leaving Runcorn 8.30am and arriving home 8pmish. Money due by end May – This trip is now all booked and paid for 

Llangollen Eistefodd – Friday 5th July, Cost £10 for HALDS members, £20 for non HALDS.  Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 9.30am, you will be dropped off at event field, where you will have the time to wander on your own, listen to singing, watch dancing and shop etc. Later in the afternoon, there is parade of the nations, which leaves carnival field at 4.30 and walks into Llangollen town. Well worth to see.  Leaving Llangollen 6pm for journey home.  Which will give you time to watch parade and get something to eat. Money to be paid by end June

Mamma Mia – Brindley Studio – Wed 24th July– Due to the success of Greatest Showman and Grease, we will be having a showing of Mamma Mia in the Brindley Studio, this showing is for HALDS members and friends & family, as before it will be reduced lighting (not dark) and a dance floor for the guys & Sharon to dance. Cost £6.50. Money due by end June

Sailing on The Danny – Monday 5th August – The Daniel Adamson known as The Danny. Come and enjoy a Steamship Experience followed by lunch at The Riverside, Action Bridge. Cost £10. Money due by end July. I will need to know numbers by end March to enable me to book the steamship

Shrewsbury Boat trip – Saturday 7th September – We will be picking up Widnes Stobart Stadium at 9.30, Runcorn Old Town bus station 9.45am travelling to Shrewbury to go on the 12 noon sailing on the Sabrina River Boat where we will have a 45 minute cruise with live commentary on the River Severn Loop,  along with tea/coffee and biscuits. You will then have free time in Shrewsbury to shop or visit places of interest.  We will be leaving to come home at 5.30pm – Cost £10 for HALDS members, £15 for Non HALDS – All money to be paid by end July

Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 – 3 nights £140 plus coach costs.  This is a 3 night stay at the hotel which includes bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus entertainment on 3 evenings.  £50 per person deposit required by end March and balance end July.   When putting your name down please let me know if you will going by coach or in your own car, please note limited parking behind hotel.

Liverpool Empire – Mon 14th Oct – Les Mis, Cost £20 for HALDS members, £35 for non members, Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 5.45, Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.  – I will need to know if you would like to come this showing of Les Mis, as I have to confirm numbers in April

Marlborough Hotel, Christmas weekend – We are having another weekend in Llandudno Friday 20th December for 2 nights, cost £100 plus coach. Please let me know if you would like to come along on this weekend, money due by end October.

Euro Disney – March 2020 – I am sorry but I do not think the Euro Disney trip will be going ahead, as we only have 16 people interested, I will keep looking into ways we can go.

I am looking at putting on a trip to London/Harry Potter, the cost will be approx £130 per person (exact price will be given once I have definite numbers who want to attend) the cost will include Coach travel, afternoon in Covent Gardens or if you feel adventurous you can go further into London on your own, overnight stay at Holiday Inn Express and visit to Harry Potter, then journey home late afternoon.  The date I am looking at is Wed 2nd October, please let me know if you would be interested in coming along.

Speakers for future Meetings

Mon 29th April – AGM

Mon 20th May – Di Armstrong- CCG Urgent Care

Mon 24th June – Beth/Pam Healthy Halton – tbc

Mon 29th July – Relaxation with Angelita

Mon 30th Sept – Fire & Home Safety

Health evening – Wednesday 24th April at 4pm – We will start all together and talk about  Health Issues and about the ALD Nursing team, we will then have a short break with a buffet followed by going into 2 separate rooms for male and female, where they will talk to the guys about breast/testicular cancer awareness etc.

This will be finished by 5.45.  Please let me know asap if you would like to attend this event, so I can confirm with ALD nursing team and order buffet. 

Halton Disability Partnership – Don’t forget if you need any help with PIP forms etc or any other advice on disability rights, you can contact Halton Disability Partnership for help and advice or I can help with form filling.

A reminder also that you are able to get Carer Break funding from Halton Carers Centre, each year, please ensure that you send in your receipts from your previous years funding, then ask them for another Carer Break form.  Also Halton Carers Centre now do their annual reviews on line, so if you receive your review please do not ignore, as to do so, you will be taken off their system as a carer.  If you are not on line, they will still phone you.

Sew Halton are having poppy making sessions for Runcorn Veterans Association, they are making a wall poppy hanging which will be hanging at the end of October.  If you have any red material or red wool to donate, please bring along to our meetings and I will forward onto them.  If you are interested in making the poppys yourself, I have the dates of the meetings which are on a Friday at Sew Halton, Runcorn Shopping City

We spoke about ways forward for HALDS, with the group growing in numbers (which is a good thing) it gets to a stage where its too big for a voluntary group, so I am going to be looking into funding for employ an administrator to organise our social events, book coaches etc. More about this later in the year

Also I mentioned about having smaller sub groups if anyone has a particular interest, crafts, visits to local places of interest etc, they could start up their own group with my help.  These groups would be self run, so HALDS would not book coaches etc.  We can discuss this in more detail at the AGM, so if you feel you would like to start up a sub group, please let me know before AGM.

March Newsletter

For our February meeting we had 2 speakers Fiona from Hugh Jones Solicitors, who came to talk to us about Wills and Trust funds and also Wendy from Halton Libraries who told us about a Sonic Workshop they are putting on for Adults with Learning Disabilities in the libraries

Fiona talked to us about protecting vunerable people when leaving them money etc in your will and how it can affect their benefits.  She talked to us about setting up a Discresionary Trust Fund.  Fiona will be coming to Halton in April to visit HALDS members in their homes, this is to talk about the Trust Funds and setting up the fund.  At present I have 4 members names on my list, if you would like Fiona to visit you, please let me know by end of next week, to enable me to arrange the visit.  If you would like to speak to Fiona her contact telephone number is 0161 819 7444

Wendy from Halton Libraries came to tell us about a Supersonic Sounds Workshop for adults with additional needs. Date have changed for Runcorn Library and its now March 27th at 1.30 – 3pm and not Wed 13th March as previously advised. Widnes Library stays the same Wed 20th March  10.30pm – 12. Discover how to sculpt with sound and create your own piece of sonic art. You do not need any musical training to become a musician; you just have to make a noise!  .

Funding

Brendas coffee morning raised £300 in total towards HALDS funds and Sharon & Andrews sponsored swim raised  £372 for HALDS funds. Many thanks to you all for taking time out to raise funds for our group.

We have also been awarded £2,500 from Alfred Shaw Trust for carer breaks.        Alfred Shaw trust has awarded us twice in the past, so I have invited Joan Ford, Programmes Manager at Alfred Shaw Trust to our meeting in May, where she will come along to meet you all and find out more about the group.

We have also been awarded £10k from the National Lottery, which should be going into our bank within the next couple of weeks.  This is to last us until June 2020.

Sadly our Birthday party was cancelled due to lack of support, only 23 tickets had been sold.  Members who had purchased tickets had their money re-imbursed.

Kerrie & Vera are holding bingo sessions on a Tuesday evening at Halton Brook Community Centre, ticket sales start at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Part of the proceeds will be coming to HALDS. There will be an Easter Bingo with Kerrie & Vera on Tuesday 16th April at Halton Brook Community Centre  

Save your slummy for HALDS – I will keep you posted each month on the totals for Save your slummy for HALDS, at present it stands at £103.30, please keep the jars coming in and then taking an empty one home.

 £5 non refundable deposit is now being taken for any events you put your name down for, the balance is then due by end of month prior to social event taking place.

Friday 12th April, Easter Bingo – Easter Bingo with Easter Bonnet Parade, disco and raffle. Tickets  now on sale £1.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Prizes will be Easter eggs.  If you know of any shop that would donate Easter Eggs please contact them on our behalf.

Friday 19th July – HALDS Summer BBQ – Tickets £3, there will be a disco, rock ‘n’ roll bingo, HOY and bbq food for sale, doors open 5.30

AGM – Our meeting on Monday 29th April will be our AGM when our 2 year stints have come to an end, if you would like to be nominated for any of the posts of Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer or you would like to volunteer to make teas/coffees at the meetings, organise raffle prizes or take money at meetings, please let me know, or come on our committee, where you can decide on events and speakers for meetings. 

Meeting Mon 20th May – Di Armstrong, Commissioning Manager of Halton CCG Urgent Care is coming along to talk to us about the Urgent Care centres in the Borough.

Meeting June 24th – I have invited Lorna Lucas from Fire & Safety in the Home, but this is yet to be confirmed   

HALDS Bowling sessions – The next HALDS bowling session will be on Monday 11th March, the cost is £6 per person for 2 games of bowls, tea/coffee and bacon butty.  Please meet no later than 10.20 to allow time to change shoes and for me to pay and organise the lanes etc.   We will have our bowling prize giving at the Summer BBQ.

Monday 4th March – HALDS Birthday Meal – We are going to The Ring ‘O’ Bells, Farnworth, Widnes to celebrate HALDS 9th birthday.   Please meet between 12noon – 12.30 at the Ring ‘O’ Bells. The meals are all now booked, so I am unable to add any more onto the list.

Coronation street tour, Saturday 23rd March 2019 – This is now all booked and paid for.  Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at11.20 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 11.30 for 1pm tour.  Tour lasts approximately 80 minutes.  We will then allow time for shop/café leaving to come home 4pm. Please note there is no food or drink allowed on the tour, except for bottled water and only handbags (which will be checked) are allowed on site.

Tramway Village, Matlock – Sat 27th April – Cost £10 – Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9am and leaving for home from Matlock at 5pm. Your admission includes unlimited electric tram rides, entry to exhibitions, three acres of woodland park with picnic area, a woodland walk and sculpture trail.  Money to be paid by end March

Royal Court Variety Lunch Club/Meal– Wed 8th May – Cost £10, which includes coach from Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 11.45, Widnes Stobart Stadium at 12noon, Variety show and pub meal at Britannia Inn, Liverpool.  Getting back to Runcorn 6pm approx. Please let me know if interested in coming, as there are tickets still available.  Money to be paid by end April 

Birmingham Sea Life Centre/Shopping Birmingham city centre – Sat 18th May – £15 for HALDS members, we will be leaving Runcorn 9am and Birmingham for home 6pm.  This event will include a visit to Birmingham Sea Life Centre then a couple of hours in Birmingham city centre and time to eat.  For those who have never been the Sea Life Centre and city centre is on a canal, with plenty of eateries on the canalside. Money to be paid by end April. Carers are free on production of proof of disability on the day at the Sea Life Centre, so please bring along your PIP letters. Otherwise you will have to pay on the day.  Carers who have paid the £15 for themselves will have their money re-imbursed.

Gardeners World Live   – Thursday 13th June – All now booked and paid for. Cost £20 for HALDS members.  This is a full very interesting day at Birmingham NEC, we will be leaving Runcorn 8.30am and arriving home 8pmish. Money due by end May

Llangollen Eistefodd – Friday 5th July, Cost £10 for HALDS members, £20 for non HALDS.  Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 9.30am, you will be dropped off at event field, where you will have the time to wander on your own, listen to singing, watch dancing and shop etc. Later in the afternoon, there is parade of the nations, which leaves carnival field at 4.30 and walks into Llangollen town. Well worth to see.  Leaving Llangollen 6pm for journey home.  Which will give you time to watch parade and get something to eat. Money to be paid by end June 

Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 – 3 nights £140 plus coach costs.  This is a 3 night stay at the hotel which includes bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus entertainment on 3 evenings.  £50 per person deposit required by end March and balance end July.   When putting your name down please let me know if you will going by coach or in your own car, please note limited parking behind hotel.

Liverpool Empire – Mon 14th Oct – Les Mis, Cost £20 for HALDS members, £35 for non members, Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 5.45, Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.

Sailing on The Danny – Monday 5th August – The Daniel Adamson known as The Danny. Come and enjoy a Steamship Experience followed by lunch at The Riverside, Action Bridge. Coach will pick up Stobbart Stadium at 10am, Runcorn Old Town Bus station 10.15am. Returning for home 4pmish.  Cost £10. I will need to know numbers by end February to enable me to book the steamship.   

Quiz evening – Halton Voluntary are having a quiz on Monday 3rd June, as part of Voluntary week, if you would like partake in the quiz please let me know, this will take place at St Maries, Widnes (near Tesco)  I have 2 members at present for the team

We do have other ideas for social events, i.e. day trip to Shrewsbury with a river boat trip in September and many more.  Now we have received funding I will start arranging more social events, which will be known by the next meeting in March ,

Speakers for Meetings

Mon 25th March – Beth/Pam from Healthy Halton

Mon 29th April – AGM

Mon 20th May – Di Armstrong – Halton CCG also visit from Joan Ford

June 24th June – Lorna Lucas – Fire & Safety officer – TBC

Eurodisney – March 2020

I have been asked if HALDS would organise another Eurodisney trip, so I have enquired at Cogo Travel and have the following details:

Please see prices below, there are 2 prices based on how many people go, 30 or 40.

If you would be interested please let me know, the expiry date for this quote was 22nd Feb, but I have had it extended to end March

As before the price includes coach pick up from Runcorn on 14th March, overnight stay at Dover with Dinner and Breakfast, ferry Dover to Calais, 4 nights in Sequoia Hotel with breakfast and 3 day passes for Disney.   Returning home same route staying again at Dover with dinner and breakfast.  I have been assured by COGO that when booking an accessible room, these will be allocated by the  Sequoia Hotel on booking.

14th March to 20th March 2020

Prices for 40 Paying 

£599.00 per adult – based on 4 sharing

£639.00 per adult – based on 3 sharing

£699.00 per adult – based on 2 sharing

£479.00 per child (3-11 years) – based on sharing with 2 paying adults

£940.00 per person – single room price

Prices for 30 people

£665.00 per adult – based on 4 sharing

£699.00 per adult – based on 3 sharing

£750.00 per adult – based on 2 sharing

£499.00 per child (3-11 years) – based on sharing with 2 paying adults

£940.00 per person – single room price

Please let me know if you would be interested in coming along in March 2020 at present I have 13 people interested.

A £100 non refundable deposit will be required by end March and then if required you can pay as and when up till the end of the year.

Halton Carers Centre Forum – On Thursday 7th March, Halton Carers Centre and Halton Borough Council are holding a Forum at The Stadium, Widnes, 9.30 – 2pm. There will be multiple agencies from across the borough providing information to carers, including HALDS who are also putting on a stand.  This will be a very informative forum and its your chance to have your say on what Carers want/require in Halton.  Agenda for the day as follows:

9am –            Stall set up.

9.30am –         Attendee registration – tea & coffee

10am –           Carers, Have your say!

12noon –         Information stalls

12.45 –          Lunch and continuing to browse information stands

2pm –            Close

Lunch will be provided for all those who attend, if you wish to attend please contact Halton Carers Centre direct on 01928 580182 to book your place.

Health evening – Wednesday 24th April at 5.15pm – (To be confirmed) – This would be for your cared for and would be sessions around breast awareness and testicular examination.  Menopause, smears and men’s health issues will also be discussed and how the health team can help and who they can refer you too.   This will be at Laburnum Grove and will be in 2 separate rooms (Male & Female to save embarrassment) Please let me know if you would be interested in coming along to this event.

Sew Halton are having poppy making sessions for Runcorn Veterans Association, they are making a wall poppy hanging which will be hanging at the end of October.  If you have any red material or red wool to donate, please bring along to our meetings and I will forward onto them.  If you are interested in making the poppys yourself, I have the dates of the meetings which are on a Friday at Sew Halton, Runcorn Shopping City

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2019 newsletter

I hope you all had a good Christmas break and looking forward to 2019 and all what it has to offer you and yours.  We have social events planned for HALDS, but a lot depends on funding.  We have received £350 from Cheshire Community Foundations and a donation of £200 from Sheila Monks cousin, so we are going into 2019 with about £1,400 approx.  I have applied for funding of £10,000 from The Lottery Awards for All, but this can take up to 12 weeks.

We are having a few fund raising events to raise funds for HALDS.  Brenda Hayes has kindly offered to do a coffee morning at her house at Wicksten Drive on Monday 4th February 10am – 12 noon, which will include a raffle, bingo with tea & biscuits.

Also Sharon Hearty and Andrew are going to swim a mile (60 lengths approx) at Kingsway Baths on Friday 8th February, I will have sponsor forms at the next meeting

Kerrie & Vera hold bingo sessions on a Tuesday evening at Halton Brook Community Centre, ticket sales start at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For 2019 they are kindly donating some of the proceeds to HALDS.

Thank you to Brenda, Sharon, Andrew, Kerrie & Vera who are putting themselves out to raise funds for HALDS.  Please try and come along to the above fund raising events, or sponsor Sharon & Andrew.

We start off HALDS social events with our trip to Theatre Clwyd, details as follows:

Theatre Clwyd Rock’n’Roll panto Dick Whittington – Fri 11th January 2019.    Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.30.  Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.45.

HALDS Bowling sessions – The next HALDS bowling session will be Mon 14th January, meeting at 10.20am at Widnes Bowling Centre, cost is 5.95 which includes 2 games bowls, bacon butty and tea/coffee.  We will be running the bowling sessions on the 2nd Monday of every month.  Dates for future bowling:

Mon 11th Feb

Mon 11th March

Mon 8th April

Mon 13th May

February will be our birthday celebrations, which will be discussed at our committee meeting on Monday 14th January.  It could be a meal out, but unfortunately you will have to pay for your own meal.  Details at January meeting 

Grease – Wed 27th February at Brindley Studios, this will be a showing of the film Grease in the studios with dance floor for the guys to dance along to Grease songs.  At present I do not know any costs, so will send out e-mails etc once I have more details.

Coronation street tour, Saturday 23rd March 2019 – Cost will be £15 for HALDS members, £35 for non HALDS.  Coach will be leaving 11.30 for 1pm tour.  Tour lasts approximately 80 minutes.  We will then allow time for shop/café leaving to come home 3.45ish. Please note there is no food or drink allowed on the tour, except for bottled water and only handbags (which will be checked) are allowed on site. Money to be paid by end Feb

Tramway Village, Matlock – Sat 27th April – Cost £10 – Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9am.

Birmingham Sea Life Centre/Shopping Birmingham city centre – Sat 18th May – £15 for HALDS members, we will be leaving Runcorn 9am and Birmingham for home about 5pm

Gardeners World Show – Thursday 13th June – Cost £15

Llangollen Eistefodd – First week in July, date to be confirmed

Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 – 3 nights £140  plus coach costs

Speakers for Meetings

Mon 28th Jan – Laurie from Bridges

Mon 25th Feb – Fiona from Hugh Jones Solicitors

Committee Members – There is a committee meeting on Monday 14th January         at 1.30pm, where we will be looking at ideas for fund raising and speakers for meetings during 2019

If you would like to attend any of the social events, please let me know, this will enable me to book coaches.  (sorry but the panto in January is all booked and paid for)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December newsletter

Just a short newsletter this month, we are all very busy in HALDS at the moment, with holidays to Eurodisney & Marlborough Hotel, plus Christmas parties etc. Once Christmas is over, I will send out an end of year newsletter, with a host of new social events for 2019.

By the time we reach 2019 HALDS funds will be low, I have put in for funding from Awards for All, but this takes a few months before we hear whether we have been successful or not. In place of a meeting in November, we held our Christmas fair which raised £428.05 towards our funds and Sharon & Andrew will be completing their sponsored swim in February, date to be confirmed. I have also heard that pending meeting their criteria we have been awarded funding from Cheshire Community foundation of £350.

Just a few reminders of events for December:
Monday 3rd December – Halton British Legion Christmas disco 7pm. Only for those members who have completed forms and returned to Jean Fish
Mary Poppins on Ice – Sun 9th Dec – Departing Runcorn Old Town Bus Station only at 10am. We have 2 coaches, so on arrival at the Bus station, I will be giving out envelopes with Coach Number and your tickets. If you are unable to attend please let me know as early as possible, to enable me to try and get someone else to take your tickets.
HALDS Christmas party – Friday 14th Dec, all welcome, no charge, no raffles, just come along and have fun with Adam our resident DJ, party games etc. We will also be having our Bowling prize giving during the evening. We will also be celebrating Phillip Wakefields 18th birthday during the evening.
Chester Zoo Lantern Parade – Wed 19th December, 7.30pm. Please meet by ticket booths at 7.20pm
Marlborough Hotel Christmas Break away – Friday 21st December to Sunday 23rd December 2018. Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 12noon and Runcorn Old Town Bus Station for pick up 12.10ish
Theatre Clwyd Rock’n’Roll panto Dick Whittington – Fri 11th January 2019. Cost £10 for HALDS members. This event is now fully booked up. Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.30. Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.45.
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to you and your families for 2019